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I’m trapped in a room

Where I can touch both sides of the walls

Not a lot of color

Everything’s pretty much dull

My soul is like a boat

And I’m feeling it start to sink

Because my family is a chain

And I’m the missing link

I stay awoke at night

Thinking about where I went wrong

Putting my mom through stress

Wondering if I’m coming home

I lost my dad at 14

And I haven’t been the same

I was always looking for weed

To try to ease the pain

But when I get out

I’m determined to make a change

And if you not changing with me

I prefer yall to jump off my train

The previous poem was among the finalists in the Words Unlocked Poetry Contest sponsored by the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings.

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